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November 21, 2011
24 dead in 3 days of Cairo anti-military protests
CAIRO (AP) -- Security forces fired tear gas and clashed Monday with several thousand protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square in the third straight day of violence that has killed at least 24 people and has turned into the most sustained challenge yet to the rule of Egypt's military.
Throughout the day, young activists demanding the military hand over power to a civilian government skirmished with black-clad police, hurling stones and firebombs and throwing back the tear gas canisters being fired by police into the square, which was the epicenter of the protest movement that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February.
The night before saw an escalation of the fighting as police launched a heavy assault that tried and failed to clear protesters from the square. In a show of the ferocity of the assault, the death toll leaped from Sunday evening until Monday morning. (32 images)



A protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the interior ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. Firing tear gas and rubber bullets, Egyptian riot police on Sunday clashed for a second day with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government. AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill


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Egyptian protesters wave their national flags as they chant slogans against the ruling military council at Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. AP / Amr Nabil



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An Egyptian protester covers his face from tear gas during the clashes with Egyptian riot police, unseen, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. AP / Mohammed Abu Zaid



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An Egyptian protestor throws a tear gas canister during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Cairo on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. ZUMA24.com / Nasser Nouri



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Egyptian protesters throw stones at Egyptian riot police, unseen, in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. AP / Ahmed Ali



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Canadian volunteer nurse, Merikel, right, helps an Egyptian medical team to treat an injured protester at a field hospital at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. AP / Amr Nabil



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Two Egyptian protesters accompany a man, center, overcome with tear gas inhalation during the clashes with Egyptian riot police, unseen, in Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. AP / Mohammed Abu Zaid



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Egyptian proteters shout anti-ruling military council slogans at Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. AP / Amr Nabil



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Egyptian women react during Essam Mohamed Abdel Fattah's funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. AP / Ahmed Ali



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An Egyptian trader reads a copy of the Al-Masry Al-Youm local newspaper fronted by pictures of clashes between protesters and security forces, at the Egyptian stock exchange in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. Egypt's benchmark stock index tumbled more than 2 percent on Sunday as clashes between protesters and security forces entered their second day and rattled investor confidence in the country's already stumbling economy. Arabic title reads " last warning". AP / Amr Nabil



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Protesters chant slogans during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Protesters run from tear gas during clashes with Egyptian riot police near the interior ministry in downtown cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Egyptian riot police throw stones during clashes with protesters near the interior ministry in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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A protester throws a tear gas grenade back at Egyptian riot police near the interior ministry in downtown cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Protesters clash with Egyptian riot police in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. AP / Ahmed Ali



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Egyptian riot police are seen on the move during clashes with protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. AP / Ahmed Ali



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A protester escapes from tear gas fired by the riot police as clashes continued Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, between security forces and protesters. ZUMA24.com / Amru Salahuddien



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A protester with an Egyptian flag throws stones at riot police as clashes continued Sunday between the security forces and protesters. ZUMA24.com / Amru Salahuddien



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A protestor throws a tear gas canister back at riot police in Cairo on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. ZUMA24.com / Amru Salahuddien



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Protesters take a cover during clashes with Egyptian riot police near the interior ministry in downtown cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Egyptians carry an injured protester during clashes with police on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. Hundreds of protesters took control of Tahrir Square following violent overnight clashes with security forces in which two people were killed and hundreds injured. ZUMA24.com / Ahmed Asad



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A protester receives treatment at the field hospital established near Tahrir Square on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. ZUMA24.com / Laurence Underhill



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A protester stands next to a burning police vehicle during clashes between protesters and security forces at Tahrir Square on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. ZUMA24.com / Ahmed Asad Apaimages



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Protesters help a wounded man during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Tear gas surrounds Egyptian riot police as they stand guard during clashes in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Protesters throw stones at Egyptian riot police during clashes in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Egyptian riot police beat a protester during clashes in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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A protester throws a tear gas grenade back at Egyptian riot police in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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A female protester gestures as she argues with Egyptian riot police officers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Egyptian riot police beat protesters and dismantled a small tent city set up to commemorate revolutionary martyrs in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday. AP / Khalil Hamra



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Egyptian riot police clash with demonstrators at Tahrir Square on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. ZUMA24.com / Ayman Mose



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Egyptian riot police clash with protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. AP / Khalil Hamra



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An injured protestor is carried away in Tahrir Square on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. ZUMA24.com / Nasser Nouri



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